After several cancellations due to the coronavirus, the Ellwood City Italian American Heritage Foundation met June 26 at the Wolverine Resturant for its monthly meeting. President Barbara Mastropietro welcomed the group recognizing founder Gene Morabito. Greetings were extended to new member Kathi Wisniewski, along with potential members Anthony Ro...

You can find Pittsburgh-based muralist and graphic designer Brian Gonnella’s artwork on walls as far away as New Zealand. His work is colorful, fun, and even Rick Sebak-approved. When he painted a sweet mural of the local icon holding up a sandwich and posed in a yoga position above floating pierogies and a banner reading "Zen of Yinz" a few years...

Philadelphia’s Gran Caffe L’Aquila is no stranger to tragedy. In fact, the landmark Italian concept in Center City was born out of it. When the original cafe in L’Aquila, Italy, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2009, the local location was designed and built in the European country before being shipped to Philadelphia piece by piece. The authentic...

San Rocco Festa won’t happen in 2020. Organizers of Beaver County’s three-day Italian festival, which debuted in 1925 in Aliquippa, agreed that efforts to combat the coronavirus made it necessary to cancel this year’s event scheduled for mid-August. “Instead, we will be focusing this year on the most important parts of our celebration: the San Rocc...

La comunità italo-americana di Philadelphia si prepara a combattere la proposta del sindaco Jim Kenney di rimuovere la statua di Cristoforo Colombo, un gesto che considerano alla stregua di "un attacco a tutti noi". A farsi portavoce della protesta è Marco Circelli, direttore esecutivo di Filitalia International & Foundation, un'organizzazione non...

Philadelphia residents with suggestions on what should happen to the Christopher Columbus statue in Marconi Plaza have until July 21 to weigh in. On July 22, the city will take the public comments it collects to the Philadelphia Art Commission, which approves “the design and location of construction projects and public art on City property,” and as...

Three Central Pennsylvania cities have joined other communities across the country in reexamining their Columbus statues amid a burst of organizing against racism across the country. Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman has called for the removal of a bust of the explorer that sits outside the county courthouse.  As of Wednesday, he did not h...

It’s been two years since the bronze statue of Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Foster and a barefoot black man playing a banjo was removed from Schenley Plaza. The statue was denounced for decades, but the criticism gained steam in the aftermath of a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va. over the removal of Confederate monuments. The city held pu...

We've seen so many traditional summer events here at home canceled because of the pandemic. Now, one of the area's more popular ethnic heritage festivals is announcing some big changes for this year. The Saint Paul's Italian Festival typically brings huge crowds to Erie's Little Italy neighborhood. This year's edition is set for August 7 through 9....

“I hope and trust that this monument will be the means to bring in touch the people of Italy and that of America.” It was with these words that Frank Carlucci, master sculptor and president of the Christopher Columbus Monument Association, presented the Columbus monument that stands on Scranton’s Courthouse Square to the city on October 21, 1892 du...